Fisheries conference to focus on sustainable growth in Scotia

Ways to sustainably grow Nova Scotia’s fish and seafood industry to ensure the province remains Canada’s top exporter will be discussed at the 20th annual Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s conference.

Nova Scotia’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell will meet with harvesters, processors and exporters at the Halifax Convention Centre, Feb. 22-23, to share knowledge and hear from experts in supply chain management.

Keynote speakers include: Ross Hodge, executive officer, Australia’s Southern Rock Lobster Ltd. and John Sanson, CEO of Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fishermen’s Association, who will outline Australia’s Clean Green Program, a lobster supply chain management strategy.

The Australian program is industry-developed and owned and covers vessel safety management systems, onboard occupational health and safety, food safety and quality handling practices, animal welfare and environmental and sustainability management.

In 2016, Nova Scotia exported more than $1.8 billion of seafood to markets around the world.

The mission of the conference, first held in 1998, is to support innovations that will enhance the value derived from Nova Scotia’s fish and seafood resources, according to a government news release. Participants may benefit from discovering global expertise that can help them grow jobs and economic opportunities for the province’s coastal and rural communities.

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